Reducing poverty, ensuring peace and contributing towards conservation of the environment - these are the goals of the Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. This entails promoting human rights, freedom and self-determination for all people in marginalised regions of the world. Promotion of equal access and use rights to natural resources as well as social and economic services are indispensable for reducing poverty and inequality. Equal opportunities for the marketing of products and employability are likewise essential. Women and vulnerable population groups in particular must be empowered to claim their rights. 


All ADA programmes and projects adhere to the strategy set out in the Three-Year Programme on Austrian Development Policy and are implemented within the respective budgetary framework. Of crucial importance is their alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and partner country objectives. This is how Austria deploys its specific know-how, capacities and experience and contributes to safeguarding of global public goods, such as health, environment and climate.

ADA focuses on themes like education, peacebuilding, human security, human rights, migration & development, the water-energy-food security nexus and private sector & development. In addition to the cross-cutting theme of environmental and climate protection, gender equality is a crucial aspect taken into consideration by all ADA projects and programmes. Equally, measures are also reviewed for their compliance with social standards. Other major fields of activity according to the Three-Year Programme are international humanitarian aid, development education, health, employment and social protection.